May Day and the new National Minimum Wage

Workers On Wednesday 25 April
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Call in number 089 110 4207

Next week, workers and their trade unions in South Africa and all over the world will be celebrating May Day or Workers’ Day on the 1st of May (ironically excepting the USA where a general strike in support of an 8-hour workday in 1886 anointed the date).

After the shake-up of South Africa’s trade union movement over the past three years with the formation of a new federation, there appears to be good news for workers in South Africa on May Day. It seems likely that government will adopt legislation for a National Minimum Wage (NMW) this year that will apply across the board and impact on most sectors of the economy.

So in today’s show we remind ourselves what May Day is all about and assess whether we are still upholding its traditions in relation to this reconfigured trade union movement in South Africa and whether the passing of a NMW is an achievement at all.


  • COSATU: Matthew Parks (Parliamentary Coordinator)
  • SAFTU: Patrick Craven (Spokesperson)
  • FEDUSA: Dennis George (Secretary General)

* Unfortunately, this show could not be recorded since WWMP staff were on the street supporting the national strike.


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